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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Avery warns that which of the following is imminent?
2. How well does Wiki interact with Paul's computer?
3. How does Della figure out that Mike is in an Authority vehicle?
4. Where does Mike suggest that Paul move?
5. What does Della do while she is out on a walk with Mike?
Essay Topic 1
The events after the chess tournament and at the tenement house spark the final conflict between the Tinkers and the Authority, exacerbating a disagreement that could have smoldered for a long time or fizzled into nothing.
1) Explain the Authority's motivations for intervening at the chess tournament. What were their long and short term goals in this action, and what consequences did they anticipate or fail to anticipate?
2) Discuss Wili's insistence on aiding those trapped at the tenement house. Explain his plan to help them and why he is willing and able to follow through on this dangerous plan.
3) Describe how the events surrounding the chess tournament hostages escalate the conflict between the Tinkers and the Authority.
4) Cite evidence from the novel to explain how the plot may have progressed differently had either Wili or the Authority acted differently at either of these junctions.
Essay Topic 2
The bobbles are a defining element of the setting, and all the major events of the novel and of the history leading up to it are shaped by them. They represent a kind of super-weapon, superseding nuclear weapons, and allowing the Peace Authority to control much of the world.
1) Explain what a bobble is, how it is created and destroyed, and what its characteristics are.
2) Describe some uses for bobbles that are seen in the novel.
3) Explain how the Authority is able to control most of the world through their use of bobbles.
4) Discuss the impact that Paul and Wili's rogue bobble-generator has on the world and its political balance.
Essay Topic 3
Mike is torn in multiple directions throughout the novel, and ends up betraying those who trusted him multiple times. In the end, he is unable to live with the consequences of his actions, and has himself embobbled to avoid the scorn of those he has wronged.
1) Discuss Mike's personality traits and background, and how these characteristics affect his loyalty and moral bearing.
2) Describe the reasons that Mike had for working with the Authority to betray the bioscientists. How did Mike feel about this betrayal?
3) Discuss Mike's relationship with and eventual betrayal of Della. What conflicting feelings does Mike experience during this relationship?
4) Explain Mike's perception of himself, and how it changes throughout the course of the novel, eventually causing him to have himself embobbled.
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